Simmons strong in Mean Green’s lone win of tournament
North Texas capped its Lovelace Invitational with a win, defeating Dayton 3-2 on Saturday night. The Mean Green lost 4-1 to Iowa in its first game of the day.
The Mean Green (4-5) went 1-3 in the tournament.
Down 2-0 to Dayton, North Texas scored three runs in the fifth inning to take the win from the Flyers. Brittany Simmons (2-1) picked up the win in relief, allowing just one hit in four innings of work.
Simmons entered in the fourth inning with the bases loaded and no outs. The senior forced the first batter into a double play that she started, then ended the threat with a pop up.
The Mean Green offense responded in the fifth by sending nine batters to the plate. Paige Kisling started the inning with a single up the middle. She advanced to second on an infield single by Brooke Foster and moved to third on a bunt. After Dani Hoff walked to load the bases, Jackie Miller brought Kisling home with a single to the outfield.
Bryana Wade was hit by a pitch, bringing home the tying run. Karly Williams posted the game-winning RBI with a bases-loaded walk, scoring Hoff.
Simmons sealed the win by allowing just two base runners over the last three innings.
North Texas allowed early runs in all four games of the tournament. Iowa took a 1-0 lead in the first inning against the Mean Green. The Mean Green tied the game in the fifth inning but allowed the Hawkeyes to regain the lead in the sixth.
Iowa’s Kayla Massey allowed one run and two hits. She pitched four hitless innings before giving up a solo home run to Bryana Wade in the fifth. She allowed one other hit in the fifth and shut down the Mean Green the rest of the way.
Massey struck out nine batters and went 3-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run.
Ashley Kirk (1-3) pitched seven innings and gave up four runs and seven hits. She struck out seven in the loss.
North Texas returns to action Wednesday when it visits Texas-San Antonio for a 5 p.m. doubleheader.